Liriano at home this season: 8-1, 1.47 ERA, 0.96 WHIP
Lefties vs. Liriano this season (Votto, Bruce, & Choo are lefties): .133 BA, .175/.146/.321, 0 HR, 37 K, 7 BB
If Liriano pitches as he has at home, I like our chances. Cueto has historically owned the Pirates, but his only two starts in the past three months have come against the Astros and Mets. It's risky putting him out there in a game like this, but given Cueto's success against the Pirates (13-4, 2.37 ERA, 1.015 WHIP in 21 career starts vs. Pittsburgh with the numbers being even better at PNC Park than GABP) I understand it.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Go Pirates obviously.
I wish they'd compress the schedule a little so these teams are at a bigger disadvantage. Play this one on Monday and make the winer start the divisional Wednesday afternoon or something.
As much as I'd like to see Pirates move on I think Cueto gets the job done here.
Interesting, I was kind of thinking the other way with the Reds not being able to gain any momentum going into the playoffs and Cueto still finding his way back from the injury, but that's what makes the one game playoff so wacky, I suppose. Both pitchers are certainly capable of scattering 3 hits over 7 or something and that's all she wrote for 162 battles....